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Half Marathon Training

Friday, January 06, 2012

In my New Year's resolutions/goals a few blogs back, I discusses maybe doing my first half marathon, walking it. I have now signed up for my first ever Half Marathon and I am a bit nervous about it. It is the Trailbreaker HM in Waukesha, WI on Saturday, March 31st. I know I can do the distance, as I have walked just under 12 miles outside before and done 13.1 miles on the treadmill at one time, but can I do it in under 4 hours? My fear is that as a walker, they will bag the finish line and head for home before I finish. I need to see if they have a cut off time on the half or not. The Marathon has a cut of time of 5.5 hours, but it does start earlier than the half. There is no stated cut off time for the half in the materials. Does this mean they don't have a cut off time? Someone last year finished the half in just over 4 hours. So I am going to aim at doing it in under 4 hours by March 31st.

Today, I walked 6.97 miles with bathroom break, tieing my shoe once and slow crossings at two roads in 7 minutes under 2 hours. Will be working on increasing the distance and trying to do the 13.1 mile distance in 4 hours. Furthering my fear is that March 31st in Wisconsin can still be fairly cold and colder air bothers my lungs and I may walk a little slower if it is cold. And I need to check my monthly cycle, as that tends to make me have to stop and pee more often too. This time thing could make me stress a bit. So I need to really find out if they have a cut off for the half or not.

Lastly I need to buy a new pair of shoes. Tried buying the exact pair I have now online and they didn't seem to have them available... Will have to try again soon, as I need a good broken in pair before March 31st and I have trouble finding shoes for my wide feet.

I also have other questions about Half Marathons... I am curious what the bag drop is. There will be a bag drop at the halfway/turnaround point for the half marathon. But I am not entirely sure what this is. What do you take with you when you do a half marathon? IE on my longer walks, I tend to bring snacks, water, cell phone and id of some sort.
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    came across your post when I did a search on training for half marathon, walking...I'm doing one in April. I've done a 5K last April and was surprised at how easily I did it. I was at the end, although not dead last :) but I felt good, not worn out and trashed like I thought I would. Its going to be an interesting challenge. Good luck! :) (our race ends its water station and first aid etc. at the 3.5 hour mark but won't clear the race and pick up stragglers) But I didn't know that until I looked it up after reading your concerns so thanks for helping me know what goal I want to shoot means 16 minute miles--I'm pretty sure I can do that. by April I better be darn sure! lol.
    2618 days ago
    Good luck on your training and your HM! emoticon
    2653 days ago
  • LADYBUG1107
    Good luck!
    2658 days ago
    Way to go SKIRNIR!! I am so happy for you! You will do great.
    Honestly, I do not know what the bag drop is...
    For my half marathons I always bring my own water (I wear a camelback) and then in my spibelt I put my gummies and gu. I haven't done a race caring my cell phone as I haven't had a reason to - I have brought it on my long runs though. Other than that, I don't carry anything else.
    Best wishes!!
    2662 days ago
    I did the Healdsburg Half Marathon in October and I was worried about its 3.5 hour cutoff time. As it turned out, I finished in under 3 hours (because I ran some of it) and, in any event, they clearly didn't enforce the cut-off. There were people finishing the race with times in the 4.25 hour range at least.

    One suggestion I have for you is to consider adding a bit of jogging to your training and your race plan because, surprisingly, you might find it easier on your body than just walking. I discovered this last year, when I planned to walk a half marathon and discovered along the way that my body felt better if I included some regular jogging intervals. Jogging and walking work slightly different muscle groups, so you might find the long workouts less of a strain overall if you jog a bit. Even if the intervals are something like 5-8 minutes of walking and 30-60 seconds of jogging. This will also speed up your overall time a bit.

    Good luck with your training and your race!
    2662 days ago
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